We live in a dysfunctional world and this is not a pessimistic point of view whatsoever, it is plain reality backed up by proper arguments. The class differences, poverty, the universal globalization process that takes away intrinsic values, advanced technology, the death of spoken language and the emergence of virtual worlds that keep us away from ourselves are only a small fraction that deeply affects the environment we live in. Needless to say about poverty, constant economic crises, sexual revolutions and so on. Humankind is facing change at a pace it has never seen before and everything comes at a cost.
Mental health is the price some of us must pay in exchange of adaptation to the new and ever changing life conditions. A new report coming from World Health Organization states that rich and poor countries alike must invest more in mental health care, the more so economic crises influence the increase in rates of depression and suicide.
According to a recent report, one in 10 people worldwide is confronted with mental health disorders, while only 1% of the global health workforce is trained to treat such illnesses. People oftentimes feel stigmatized and are rather inclined to close their doors of perception and collapse over their own misery. The paradigm needs a shift in procedure and states must better consider a mental health care system.
There are hundreds of millions of people all around the world who suffer from mental disorders and don’t get any help. Presently, mental illness makes up for 10% of the global health burden. Although the percentage is considerable, it fails to draw more than 1% of the financial and human resources needed.
The inadequate management of health systems brings serious consequences to worldwide communities, with predictions notifying us about depression being the leading cause of disease burden by 2030. More than 900.000 people commit suicide on a yearly basis. Suicide is considered the second most common cause of death among young people.
Official statements comment on the fact that people with mental disorders must be treated in community-based settings rather than in official institutions. Presently, the majority of people go to mental hospitals which serve an insignificant proportion for those who really need care.
Suicide prevention must become a priority, with officials aiming to decrease its incidence 10% by 2020. Suicide rates are now much higher in high-income countries compared to low-income ones, in spite of government investment and programs aimed at prevention.
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